- Age Range: 4 and up
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (September 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689848749
- ISBN-13: 978-0689848742
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Charles Addams Mother Goose Hardcover – September 1, 2002
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New Yorker cartoonist (and creator of the altogether ooky Addams Family characters) Charles Addams tampers with tradition to great effect in The Charles Addams Mother Goose, first published in 1967, and now reissued as a deluxe edition. While Ms. Goose's original nursery rhymes remain unchanged, Addams casts his spell on a selected few poems with new visual twists. A less wholesome, more anemic Mistress Mary has never been seen, and her bare-lightbulb-lit basement garden of mushrooms and heads of "pretty maids all in a row" is quite unsettling. Jack Sprat and his wife are, of course, cannibals. Nine-day-old porridge is disgusting... so naturally a witch is the porridge preparer, and goblins are the only ones who would like it "nine days old." Humpty Dumpty's story, on the other hand, feels a little cheerier than the original: rather than leaving the egg irreparably broken, the illustrator shows a dinosaur hatching! Tee Addams, Charles Addams's wife, writes an insightful introduction for this lovely, oversized edition, and the book closes with a scrapbook of family photos and pictures of Addams's earlier work. Kids familiar with Mother Goose's rhymes will be delighted (and perhaps only slightly terrified) by Addams's playful interpretations. (All ages) --Karin Snelson
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of the Addams Family creator and New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams are sure to savor the deliciously twisted take on nursery rhymes in The Charles Addams Mother Goose. First issued in 1967, the work trumps tradition, spicing up the original verse with offbeat illustrations. For "Rain, Rain, go away,/ Come again another day" Addams imagines a flood of apocalyptic proportions taking over Manhattan, leaving a small family adrift on a rooftop and the Statue of Liberty submerged. A scrapbook contains vintage cover art and family photos. All ages.
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This is a fantastic book for lovers of Charles Addams's style and humor. This particular edition is excellent because it has a scrapbook portion at the end that includes, amongst other things, an illustration that was left out from the original collection, artwork by Chas Addams at age four, and a photo of Addams with his crossbow collection.
As with all of Addams work, the humor is dark and clever, and the illustrations are to be savored.
Probably not for terribly impressionable or sensitive children, lest they end up like Wednesday and Pugsley.